You are Accepted in the Beloved

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle of Ephesians is the greatest revelation ever given to the Church of God, and believers collectively make up the Church of God – we are all members within the spiritual body of Christ. Ephesians shows us the greatest present ever presented to mankind and contains the doctrine (the right believing) of what God has currently given to us. Ephesians shows us how to conduct our lives within the framework of having received the love of God. The first three chapters of Ephesians lays out in great detail what God has given to us, showing us how we are permanently accepted in the beloved, and that we are endowed with the riches of God’s lovingkindness. The last three chapters are the prACTical side of the doctrine showing us how to utilize and walk within the magnificent graces of God that is upon our lives.

Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

“Heavenly places” means all heavenly things, God has blessed us with all heavenly things and it is the Epistles that show us these heavenly things. Romans shows the believer that he was raised with Christ to a new life with God. Ephesians, being the second Epistle of doctrine, picks up where Romans ended and shows the believers that they are blessed in and with heavenly things because we are spiritually seated up where Christ is at God’s own right hand, for we are “in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:4 – According as he {God} hath chosen us {to be} in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in {His} love:

God Himself chose us before the foundation of the world with a purpose, and that purpose is that we “should be holy and without blame before him in love,” and this we are. The word “should” is in relation to the attitude of our hearts, the attitude that God desires that we should see ourselves as God does, holy and without blame, seated before Him in His unending love. When we begin to see ourselves in this elevated and esteemed state in which God has placed us, then life truly begins to take on a whole new meaning, knowing that we truly are blessed with all spiritual blessings immersed in the wonderful love of God.

Ephesians 1:5 – Having predestinated us unto the adoption of {God’s} children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Predestination relates to our calling, our being chosen before the world began to become God’s children, and this happened because of the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Becoming God’s own children is the good pleasure of His will, which is freely offered to us in grace.

Ephesians 1:6 – To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein {God’s grace} he hath {past tense} made us accepted in the beloved.

God made us totally “accepted in the beloved”; the beloved is Jesus Christ, for we are now eternally in Christ. The words “made us accepted” means highly favored. These are the same words in the Greek Text that the Angel used for Mary in Luke 1:28, for she conceived the Son of God. We also have received the seed of Christ, (not for 9 months, but forever), thus we are highly favored of God. This is the greatest present that God ever gave to humanity, and is our joy and privilege to know that we have received the greatest gift ever given, and it is ours for eternity.

Esther – Revealing Our Good Day

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Esther reveals Christ as the Savior of God’s people and the preserving of the seed of Judah, from whom the promised seed would eventually come. The timing of the Book of Esther was during their Babylonian captivity (Esther 2:5-6).

A great believer named Mordecai and his cousin Esther literally saved the Jews from complete annihilation. They won King Ahasuerus’ favor, and prevented a devilish plot of the murder of all the tribe of Judah, and without Judah, Jesus Christ would never have been born to save the world. Jesus was the “Son of man” through Mary and he was the “Son of God,” by His creation through the immaculate conception.

The Book of Esther likens our deliverance and salvation to that of being a “good day,” a good day that still grows in our hearts moment by moment and day by day. When we come to know our personal Lord and Savior, every day becomes a very good day, because “one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (II Peter 3:8).

This is why “our good day” is having, knowing, and believing that we have salvation and eternal life. We can find Jesus Christ inlaid throughout the Book of Esther for he is typified as our Savior through the lives of Mordecai and Esther.

Esther 8:16-17:
-16: The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
-17: And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

The decree, as horrible as it was, saved Judah, for the degree was to destroy all of those people who were conspiring to kill the Jews. This degree inspired the assassins to pretend that they themselves were Jews. It is interesting to note that the Jews were in bondage as slaves to those who captured them, yet, even in this state the captivators wanted to be in the shoes of the Jews in bondage.

Now ─ I would certainly call that a good day for the believers! So good was it, that they had light (God’s light), inner gladness, overflowing joy, and they were honored. Today, when we invite Jesus Christ into our lives, we will also have God’s light that brings gladness and joy into our days because of our believing on the Savior.

God Himself honors us, “He {the believer} shall call upon me {God}, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him” (Psalms 91:15).  What a wonderful day it is to know that we can walk in the light of God’s healing Word, endowed with the honor of the Creator.

The Bible says that we have the “day star” (II Peter 1:19), and that we are “the children of the light, and the children of the day” (I Thessalonians 5:5), for with God every day can become “our good day!”

I Peter 3:10-11:
– 10: For he that will love life, and see {perceive} good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
-11: Let him eschew {turn away} evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue {pursue} it.

As Christ comes into our lives, he can begin showing us all the wonderful things that God has given to us, and in turn we can learn to “love life” greater than we did as children. We can begin perceiving our God-given “good days” for we can find His peace in and around our lives.

“Behold now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).

Today is now and forever a day of salvation (which is not one day but an eternity of good days), for “we know that we have passed from {spiritual} death unto life {eternal life}” (I John 3:14).

As in Esther the believers were saved in a good day, today we have Christ within who is our good day!

Genesis – Revealing Our Promised Seed

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The preached Word of God (whether it is spoken or written), will reveal Jesus Christ, and when we become personally acquainted with Jesus Christ, he begins fulfilling his mission to reveal God within the hearts and souls of searching believers.

Jesus Christ is the subject of all true prophecy, and as we discover Christ within the Scriptures as the way, the truth, and the life to the Father, he begins revealing our loving heavenly Father with crystal clear revelations of divine truth.

In the books of the Old Testament we can discover Christ everywhere in prophecy, which shows us his coming, and the plan of man’s own redemption in Jesus’ sufferings and his glory. In the Gospels we can find Jesus Christ who physically lived on this earth fulfilling the prophecies written of him.

In the Epistles we will spiritually see Christ living within our hearts. Combining these three (the revealed prophecies recorded about his coming, his physical appearance, and his spiritual presence), we can discover and receive our complete redemption, and receive eternal life that emanates out from the eternal embrace of the Creator.

Jesus Christ is “the missing link” to the heart of God, Who is the true center of the universe, and the spiritual center of the Christian believer, who can now enjoy living the life that is more than abundant. In Genesis we saw creation in perfection and then ruined because of sin. In Christ the promised seed we have redemption from sin and receive the new creation within, giving us the eternal victory of an endless life!

Genesis 3:15 – {this is the first prophecy in Scripture} And I will put enmity between thee {the Serpent} and the woman {Mary, the mother of Jesus}, and between thy seed and her seed; it {“it” refers to Jesus Christ} shall bruise thy head {This prophecy shows the eternal doom of the Serpent, which is still a future event. Believers are members of the body of Christ and this is why Romans 16:20 says that God shall (at a future time) bruise Satan under our feet}, and thou {the Serpent} shalt bruise his {Jesus Christ’s} heel {which happened when Jesus was crucified}.

In this verse we have the sufferings and glory of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, and we have the promised seed prophesied.

In Mary we have the birth of the promised seed, in grace today we have the seed of Christ within. It is interesting that in Genesis 4:1 Eve says “I have gotten a man from the LORD.” What did Eve think she had? She thought that she had the promised seed from God, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind; it turns out that she was so very wrong; this man (which was the progeny of Adam and Eve) was Cain, who was the first murderer! The promised seed (and the man from the Lord) was given to Mary.

Luke 1:31 – And, behold {the angel talking to Mary}, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

In Genesis we read the words “her seed”; however, as we know, the seed comes from the male and the egg comes from female. “Her seed” means that she would not (biblically) know any man at the time of her conceiving, yet, still have a seed, because Jesus was conceived by the divine conception of God Himself, and Mary would bring forth the most perfect man to ever grace this earth with his life and blessings of redemption. Thus Jesus was prophesied as “her seed.”

Galatians 3:16 – Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made {in the Old Testament}. He {God} saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy {our} seed, which {who} is Christ.

We are born again of incorruptible seed (I Peter 1:23), saved by grace and have as Mary had, the prophesied and promised seed of Christ within our very hearts.

The Alpha and Omega – The Beginning and the End, the First and the Last (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Revelation 22:13:
I {Jesus Christ} am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

The phrases Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last were well known to the people in the biblelands. Besides the obvious usage of alpha and omega as the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, they also have a dynamic representation in the Scriptures.

The following Alpha and Omega story was told by Bishop K. C. Pillai, DD (c. 1900–1970), who converted to the Christian faith from Hinduism in India. He had a wealth of practical understanding in so many customs of the biblelands. Dr Pillai opened up a new and fascinating field of study from the customs, cultures, and manners of the people in the biblical lands, having lived and learned them from his childhood. Dr Pillai taught and inspired many in the United States until his passing. (Three of his published works are cited at the end of this study.)

Bishop Pillai told the story of what the Alpha and Omega meant to the people of the first century as follows. “When a foreign nation was about to attack a certain region, they who were about to be assaulted would commission a messenger who would then run throughout the different towns and villages and herald the warning of the danger. This messenger would yell out: I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, your first and your last warning that the enemy is coming, then he would run on to other villages and towns in the enemy’s path and repeat this warning.”

This was perhaps similar to Paul Revere’s ride when yelling out: The British are coming! The British are coming! The messenger was the only one who would come; there would be no other messengers to follow, and thus he was the first and the last. Then the people could either prepare for the imminent danger of attack on its way or reject their only chance to defend themselves.

In the Bible, the Alpha and Omega is in reference to Jesus Christ who brought the one and only salvation for all men and women. Jesus is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, our messenger traveling in prophecy throughout the Scriptures from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, and thus he is the Beginning and the End. We can track God’s messenger, the “forerunner,” Jesus Christ, through the entire Word of God, for he is the Golden Thread. Jesus is spun into every fiber of prophecy in the tapestry of life, as he runs through and spans the ages of time in Scripture revealing him as man’s complete Savior.

Acts 4:12:
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name {than Jesus Christ} under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

When Jesus had told the Apostle John that he was the Alpha and Omega in Revelation, Jesus was saying that he was the only hope of the ages, the only entrance into the everlasting graces of the Creator.

In the Gospels, Jesus preached about the end of the world, and the termination of life as it currently exists (Matthew 24:3ff). The Alpha and Omega heralds out that through him there is a harbor of refuge and a heavenly entrance, giving those who will believe on him a safe passage (Matthew 13:25-30, 36-43, and John 3:16-21), for he is humanity’s preservation and salvation.

Jesus Christ is the one great subject in the Word of God, for he is the prophesied Promised Seed of the woman. He is the Master’s master key who unlocks the divine revelation in the Word of God. The entire Bible is about him either directly or indirectly. Everything written in the Scriptures is subject to him and centers in and around him. Whether the references are explicit or implicit, the topic of all the content of the Bible is Jesus Christ, and without him, man cannot fully understand or appreciate the Scriptures in their fullness or detail, for Jesus is the mediator between God and man.

With the Alpha and Omega revealed in the Word of God, we can further learn that through Christ, man has his own Genesis, his beginning commencing in divine purpose and fully completed as is revealed in the Book of Revelation with culmination into an eternity of divine grace. The Book of Revelation is the complement and completion to the Book of Genesis; without the Book of Genesis the Book of Revelation would be incomplete and left wanting, and vice versa.

What completes all that was written in the beginning (in the Book of Genesis) is Jesus Christ (in prophecy). What fulfills all that is written for the end (in the Book of Revelation) is Christ Jesus (in fulfillment of prophecy).

To illustrate, in the Book of Genesis, we learn of man’s banishment from Paradise and expulsion from the tree of life (3:24) while in the Book of Revelation, we see man welcomed back again into Paradise with free access to the tree of life (22:14).

In Genesis, the curse of the ground and man’s curse is pronounced (3:14, 17) while in Revelation we find no more curse at all (22:3).

In Genesis, we encounter man sentenced to sorrows, sufferings, and death (3:17, 19) while in Revelation we witness man’s acquittal and freedom to live life without sorrows, sufferings, and death (21:4).

In Genesis, there is night (1:5) while in Revelation there is no more night (21:23).

In Genesis, we observe the sun and moon for physical light (1:16) while in Revelation we see that we do not need the sun and moon because we will be living in the light of God (21:23).

In Genesis, we come across the seas (1:10) while in Revelation there are no more seas (21:1).

In Genesis, we have a river for the Earth’s blessings (2:10-4) while in Revelation we have a river for the new Earth’s blessings (22:1-2).

In Genesis, we have the entrance of sin and man’s fall from grace (3:14, 17) while in Revelation we have the end of sin and man’s complete restoration into God’s grace (21:3, 22:3).

In Genesis, we have the rainbow as a visible token of God’s covenant with the Earth (9:13) while in Revelation we have the rainbow in recognition of God’s covenant (4:3, 10:1).

In Genesis, we have the marriage of the first man ― Adam (2:18-23) while in Revelation we have the marriage of the last Adam ― Jesus Christ (19:1-9, also see I Corinthians 15:45).

In Genesis, we have man driven from Eden (3:24) while in Revelation we have man restored to a new paradise (22:1ff).

In Genesis, we discover Satan’s rebellion (between verses 1:1 and 1:2, also see Revelation 12:7-9, Ezekiel 28:15-18, and Isaiah 14:12, while in Revelation we are shown Satan’s final rebellion and destruction and a new Earth (20:7-10, 21:1). Please note in Genesis 1:1 the Earth was complete and perfect, created “not in vain” (Isaiah 45:18), but then in Genesis 1:2 the Earth became “without form and void” (Jeremiah 4:23). Then beginning from Genesis 1:3 through Genesis 2:3, God began putting the Earth back together for man. (See also II Peter 3:5-7, and See also the study titled: Geneses, written by the same author.)

In Genesis, we have the Earth created (1:1) while in Revelation we read that the Earth passed away (22:1).

In Genesis, we have the sun, moon, stars associated with Earth’s government (1:14-16), while in Revelation we have the sun, moon, and the stars associated for earth’s judgment (6:12, 8:12, and 16:8).

In Genesis, we have man created in God’s image (1:26) in charge over the earth, while in Revelation we have another man in charge over the earth in Satan’s image (13:11-16).

In Genesis, we have the future prophecy of “the woman” (Mary) and of her Son (Jesus) foretold as a future tense promise and their conflict with (the Dragon) the Serpent (3:15), while in Revelation we again have “the woman” (Mary) and her Son (Jesus) as a past tense reality of the promise fulfilled and their conflict with (the Serpent) the Dragon (12:1-6).

In Genesis, we have man’s dominion completely diminished and the beginning of Satan’s dominion (3:24) while in Revelation, we have Satan’s dominion ended and man’s dominion completely restored (22:1ff).

In Genesis, we have the doom of the Serpent pronounced (3:15), while in Revelation, we have the destruction of the Serpent executed (20:10).

Thus, we have the beginning and the end with all that was introduced (formed, made, and created) in the Book of Genesis 1:1-2:2 completely fulfilled in an endless life because of Jesus Christ, culminating in the Book of Revelation 21:1ff complete with a new Heaven and Earth.

Without Jesus Christ, both Books are just books – (and every book between, flawed!) – and man hasn’t a prayer, a hope, or a Savior. With Jesus Christ, man has a harbinger of true opportunity, a lively hope, and a risen partnership with and in Christ Jesus for all eternity. Both Books were produced generations apart and no amount of human genius or intervention could have schemed out this awesome bond with intellect only, for both Books are perfectly entwined way beyond what you or I could ever dream up.

The Book of Revelation for the Christian believer is not a disparaging book of doomsday (as we will learn through our series on The Golden Thread), but rather it reveals an incredible amount of good news, relinquishing fears and bestowing on humanity a magnanimous amount of spiritual insight regarding the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

We have Genesis, the Book of the beginning, and we have Revelation, the Book of the end; both complement and augment each other to reveal Christ as our Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. Jesus Christ fills to the full all the Scriptures and assures men and women of their salvation through his accomplished redeeming work.

The Bible, I believe, is His-story (God’s) in the making and that Jesus Christ is the true essence of His-story, man is the ultimate purpose and reach of His-story, and the Scriptures contain the true history of creation and man. It evidences the record from the dawn of time to eternal bliss, from the alpha of Lucifer to the omega of his total demise in the lake of fire, from the beginning of man and his struggle with sin and death to his ultimate victory in an endless life. The content within the Scriptures give an overview of all time showing the individual ages in the scope of the larger picture of eternity and man’s individual part he has in all God’s creation with the Savior.

Isaiah 43:10:
Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant {Jesus} whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Before me and after me are representations of God ― the Supreme Alpha and Omega.

Between the Alpha and the Omega is the servant of God ― Jesus Christ, chosen: that ye may know and believe in God. Jesus is the “Servant” chosen to reveal God. Jesus makes known the heavenly Father to those who want to know, and they who discover Christ become genuine witnesses of God’s brilliant creative power.

It is interesting to note that the Book of Isaiah is within the core (or center) of the Bible, and from this center God said in Isaiah 48:12, “I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.” God is the Creator, and thus He is the Alpha and Omega of creation, while the Son of God is the Alpha and Omega to knowing Him personally Who has the power of creativity.

To truly know God intimately is to first know the Son, for in him we are lovingly shown the Father, “And such trust we have through Christ to God-ward” (II Corinthians 3:4).

II Peter 1:2-3:
-2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.
-3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

What a honorable privilege we have to know Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, and oh, how thankful we can become to have been given such wonderful understanding from the Word of God that reveals to our hearts the truth, the love, and the light of God Himself through the great revealer ― Jesus Christ.

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Pillai, K.C. Orientalisms of the Bible, Volume 1. Fairborn: OH:
Mor-Mac Publishing Co., 1969.

Pillai, K.C. Light through an eastern window. 14th Printing.
New York: Robert Speller & Son, 1976.

Pillai, K.C. Orientalisms of the Bible, Volume 2. Fairborn: OH:
Mor-Mac Publishing Co., 1974.

The Four Mary’s in Jesus’ Life

“Jesus had four separate women named Mary in his life. They are as follows:

Mary, the Mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38).

Mary Magdalene, or Mary of Magdala (Mark 16:9, John 20:18).

Mary who was Lazarus’ and Martha’s sister (Luke 10:39, 42, and John 11:1-12:3).

Mary who was the wife of Cleopas, (John 19:25), and the mother of James the less (junior) and Joses (Matthew 27:56); this Mary is referred to as the other Mary– Matthew 28:1.

There are two other women named Mary in the New Testament, but there is no biblical evidence they ever knew Jesus when he walked. One is Mary the mother of John Mark (Acts 12:12), and the other Mary lived in Rome, the Apostle Paul greets her in the Epistle to the Romans (Romans 16:6).” ~LMJ~